In Reel Time

Lei Chic Friday night movie listings:

Option 1 – Man unjustly accused of a crime sprouts Olympic athlete-like stamina and race car-driver skills as he escapes the law while proving his innocence (and finds  love with hot girl at the same time).

Option 2 – Sassy big city working girl dumped by improbably hot man moves to small town and saves it from ex's corporate takeover while wearing improbable designer wardrobe (and finds love with adorably-relatable man at the same time).

Option 3 – Zach Galifianakis/Steve Carrell/Paul Rudd does something. Hilarity and racy humor ensues.

Why does every new blockbuster feels like déjà view?

This week your movie schedule can be picture perfect with the opening of the Hawaii International Film Festival. With more than 200 movies on a roll in Kakaako, we asked our girl on the inside, HIFF Development and Marketing Director Sarah Honda, for a few flicks that really make the cut.

Lei Chic Jiro Dreams of Sushi

In the basement of a Tokyo office building, 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono works tirelessly in his world-renowned restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro. As his son Yoshikazu faces the pressures of stepping into his father's shoes and taking over the legendary restaurant, Jiro relentlessly pursues his lifelong quest to create the perfect piece of sushi. Yummy.

Lei Chic Salad Days

A comedic love triangle told through three interconnected stories, Salad Days is an Asian American perspective on the identities people create to protect themselves from the frustration and heartbreak of relationships in the real world. Oh, love.

Lei Chic Saigon Electric

Mai, a traditional ribbon dancer from the outskirts of Saigon arrives to the big city and forms an unlikely friendship with Kim, a rebellious street dancer who introduces her to the underground scene of hip-hop crews in modern-day Vietnam. Yo!

Lei Chic The Wonder Year

An inside look at CEO, NAACP Ambassador, Duke University Professor, Husband, Father, Son and GRAMMY award winning producer 9th Wonder. The film follows one of soul music’s most dynamic figures from his childhood home to late nights in the studio and everywhere in between. While you're still spinning from his story, you can catch him live at the theatre then performing a DJ set at Next Door.

Lei Chic Smuggler

When two vicious hitmen take out a yakuza boss for the Chinese mafia, loser wannabe actor Ryusuke finds himself caught up in a cat-and-mouse game where anything goes, and the hunter becomes the hunted. This is one wild ride that will have you on the edge of your seat!

Lei Chic Leave it on the Floor

Think of it as Glee meets Paris is Burning. This outrageous musical has arrived to take you into the world of the runway ball competition; prepare for glitter, glam, and serious vogue action. Set in the LA drag queen ballroom scene, the film follows the story of Brad, a young gay man with nowhere to go. When a chance encounter lands Brad in a strange club, he finds himself immersed in a world where walk-off takes on a whole new meaning… Hmmm.

The 31st Hawaii International Film Festival kicks off Thursday at the Regal Dole Cannery Theatres. Take a look at the film schedule or buy your tickets now on HIFF's website.